Homemade Lemonade using Whole Lemons

Ours sons are currently doing their school and college work at home, as we are living through the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. Our youngest's Food Tech assignment was to make homemade lemonade, using this recipe. It was so nice, even he liked it ! So lovely and refreshing to drink, so simple to make, ready in no time.

I usually make Naturally Fermented Lemonade rather than 'normal' lemonade. And somehow, I had forgotten how simple and delicious homemade lemonade could be. With just 3 ingredients: lemons, sugar and water.

Homemade Lemonade Recipe

Using whole lemons for Homemade Lemonade

What I really like about this recipe is you use the whole lemon for it. That means you need to use unwaxed lemons. We scrubbed them really well under running water, with a vegetable brush, to make sure they were squeaky clean.

The recipe said to add half the water to the food processor before processing the lemons. My trusty Philips Food Processor says otherwise, though it did make for a spectacular slow motion video. On the bright side: my counter top is now beautifully clean and lemon fresh ! Son (13) found it hilarious...

 Homemade Lemonade Ingredients

Homemade Lemonade using Whole Lemons - Recipe

Makes around 1.25 litres. Probably more, if you manage not to chuck it all around your kitchen.


  • 3 unwaxed lemons
  • 140g sugar
  • 1 litre of water


1. Scrub the lemons under running cold water with a vegetable brush.

2. Chop the lemons up roughly. I cut out the end bits where the stalk was originally connected to the lemon, in case they make the lemonade bitter.

3. Put the chopped lemons into the food processor with the sugar and about a quarter (ahem - see insta post above) of the water.

4. Process the lemons until they're really well chopped up.

5. Put the contents of the food processor through a sieve into a bowl. Press the lemons down with a wooden spoon to extract as much of the juice as possible.

Homemade Lemonade Tutorial

 6. Serve straight away, with slices of lemon and ice cubes. Or, if you prefer, transfer into bottles and refrigerate until ready to drink.

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 Homemade Lemonade Recipe

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